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, the fbi says a letter sent to president barack obama has tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. >> the letter was intercepted tuesday at a mail screening facility. american media say that the letter sent to obama and another letter sent to roger wicker were both postmarked memphis, tennessee. additional tests are due in the next 48 hours to confirm the presence of the toxin. >> our washington correspondent is following this for us. any idea as to who might be behind this? >> oh -- we do not have a suspect yet, but there was a signature on the letters. the letters included the phrase "to see a wrong and not to expose it is to become to -- a silence -- is to become a silent partner to it." president obama said, "i am president obama and i approve this message." this is someone who wants to get attention. it is important to note that both are getting letters right now, republicans and democrats. that says to me this is someone who really hates government. the u.s. -- in the u.s., antigovernment extremists have a fascination with ricin in the past. you can easily buy manuals on how
- tainted les sent to president obama and tainted letters sent to president obama and a u-s senator: >>> breaking news in the case of suspected ricin tainted letters sent to president obama and a u.s. senator. law enforcement have taken a person into custody in tupelo, mississippi. letters are signed ikc and i approve this message. one was addressed to the president and the other to mississippi senator roger wicker. the letters were intercepted tuesday before they could reach their intended targets. senate mail delivery is suspended for two days as a precaution. >>> it may have been one of the more photographed crimes in history. immediately boston police turned to social media for clues about the bombings. but that effort has not stopped with police. kpix 5's mike sugerman shows us the work of the new armchair investigators. >>> reporter: more cell videos and pictures, maybe hundreds of thousands now on the web, one who goes by 4 chan think tank now han 1.2 million hits and that's doubled in just three hours. it has detailed photos of several people with backpacks in and around the
contacted was the recent letters that were sent to senator wicker, as well as president obama. the information that we received from the fbi of the content that those two letters contained, the way that the letters were typewritten to those two individuals, the postmark similarity that we had, it raised suspicion that there could possibly be a connection to the letter that we received in justice court. the next step that we took was a joint effort in investigating what we could about what this substance was that was inside the letter that we had. as you all know, the federal authorities released the information as far as the content that they believed was placed inside the two letters to senator wicker, as well as president obama. their team and other government officials arrived at our facility. we staged them on our north parking lot. there's a portable laboratory that was brought in. they came in and took possession of our letter, which is the justice court letter that was received on april 10th. that particular letter, content and envelope has been analyzed at the laborato
kenneth to president obama. letter sent to a mississippi senator contained the poison ry-sin. tested positive for the same toxin. it was intercepted at a screening facility outside the white house. it was received tuesday - and the f-b-i says the letters to both men were post-marked memphis tennessee -- on april 8th. the white house says staffers followed a careful drill in handling the letters.and no one was injured. from longtime other than standard protocol. any time a specific powers in the mail facility is inspected. out _ that is screened. steps are taken a remote sites. mississipi republican. it had markings similar to the one sent to the the f-b-i says both letters will undergo more testing. both were intercepted at off-site mail screening buildings capital police say it turns out that suspicious packages investigated in the u-stoday were "not" hazardous. but at last word - a man was still being questioned. some senate office buildings were closed for a time. and senator carl levin says tests are being done on a suspicious letter sent to his michigan office. a staffer who dis
a suspicious letter sent to president obama one day after a similar letter potentially laced with poison was detected before it reached mississippi senator roger wicker. but it's the president's speech last evening from the white house rose garden that's also generating interest today. using strong language, he lashed out at gun lobby groups for causing the failure of a senate vote to expand background checks. the president adds polls show roughly 90% of americans support better background checks. the nra calls the bill "misguided." investors are buying shares of a supermarket stock by the cartload. fairway market, a popular grocery chain, opened for trade on the nasdaq yesterday. even as the nasdaq dropped 60 points, the fairway ipo popped 33%. fairway shares priced in at $13 and closed at $17.35. the company is raising money to open new stores in new york, new jersey and connecticut. in our cover story, abbott labs did very well in the first quarter, much of it due to the pharmaceutical company's work in emerging markets. but, the portion of abbott that split off, called "abbvie" - not
dangerous ricin. the one sent to senator wicker never made it to capitol hill. it was intercepted. one sent to president obama was intercepted offsite. all of them postmarked april 8th. and all postmarked for memphis. what gave it away was the common signature. i am kevin curtis and i approve this message, at the end of the letters. the test on the first letter to wicker, had proved inconclusive. and the second one, as well. they're trying to figure out how potent this ricin was. and while it initially tested positive, the further tests by the fbi have been inconclusive. they ordered more as they continue to investigate. >> all right, tracie potts in washington. thanks so much for that. >>> after a rollercoaster day of reports on the investigation into the boston bombings, it appears authorities have pictures of their suspect. the front page of this morning's "boston globe" claims authorities have image of bombing suspect. we also know the identity of the third victim killed by those blasts. 23-year-old lindsay lu, a grad student from china, has been identified by boston university. 29-year
and gentlemen, let's get right to the big news. mysterious letters sent to president obama and mississippi senator roger wicker. tests indicate these letters contain the poison ricin. sadly when you're in the public eye, this stuff happens. that's why i never open my own email. this is a fast-moving story and there's still a lot we don't know. for instance, there's a senator roger wicker? there's only 100 of these folks and i never heard that name before. roger wicker does not sound plausible as a senator. sounds more like a patio furniture store. next thing you're telling me there's a congresswoman jennifer convertible. so, the point is we don't really know that much about this ricin situation, but in boston 48 hours after the horrific tragedy there has been a major breakthrough in the reporting of all the other things we don't know. >> investigators have identified a suspect. >> i was told by law enforcement official that this was a dark-skinned male. >> suspect has been arrested in the boston bombings. >> the suspect was a dark-skinned male. >> getting some conflicting reports about an
letters laced with ricin to president obama and senator. the president was sent to the president was intercepted yesterday. the secret service says the man, kenneth curtis sent both letters. officials say signed with initials kc. nannette miranda has been looking at the security officers screen mail sent to our capitol and reports now from sacramento. >> this is where letters are sorted out by staff. >> at california state capitol they use these security procedures for mail coming into the governor's, state lawmakers and other leaders as feds do. tony beard says it's screened first for things like ricin and anthrax before mail ever gets to the capitol rail mail room. >> just technology but also a combination of skills we teach people. there are fbi protocols to follow. >> the procedures work with washington, d.c.. they were discovered in the off site location. the screening doesn't work that. is where training can provide protection. >> there is a fine line between threatening and having a right to disagree. >> nothing chemical has been detected in mail sent to late leaders. >> s
in the last few hours. obama and senator roger wicker was sent letters containing what is thought to be ricin, a ighly toxic substance. he once ruled pakistan, but now pervez musharraf is a wanted man. he had been living in self-imposed exile in dubai and lone don't past few years and only returned to take part in elections. it seems that was a miscalculation. stephanie reports. >> push after ar had come to court -- musharraf had come to court, hoping his bail would be extended once more. instead he was forced to flee. the judge refused to listen. he's accused of treason relating to his decision to suspend the constitution and declare a state of emergency when he still ran the country in 2007. the week has gone from bad to worse for musharraf, who returned to pakistan last month in the hope of making a political comeback. on tuesday, a court in peshawar disqualified from running in the parliamentary elections in may. now he finds himself effectively on the run. lawyers at the islamabad high court want the former president as he went through court, crying out, "look who's running away." >> i e
was sent to president obama. neither lawmaker got anywhere nr the letters, which were intercepted long before they got to them. a suspect has been now and the charge is sending -- actually, the charge, we're told was something having to do with threatening the president initially we thought he would be charged with more and perhaps he will be but the man, paul kevin curtis is no stranger to the fbi 45-year-old who moan lutes as elvis impersonators. putting him on the in on the lines of secret war. live in mississippi with more details, john? the initial appearance for kevin curtis wrapped up. we got breaking news listening in on conversations between the u.s. attorneys and the judge saying that there may, and i stress may still be a fourth letter out there they are not quite clear about that at this point. they tell the judge there may be a fourth letter out there. in terms of the suspect, kevin curtis and the charges he faces. he does face athletic the life of the president. we thought initially he may face more serious charges. use of a weapon of mass destruction and terrorism. it lo
obama and other government officials. investigators say the curtis sent letters to the president, senator roger wicker of mississippi and another state official. preliminary tests show ricin was in the letter buzz definite testing is being done. the letters mailed from memphis and investigators believe there may be more. >> several other letters have now turned up and... so other congressional leaders have received letters that believe to be laced. >> the fbi worked with the secret service in mississippi to make this arrest. >> a bill to require background checks on gun sales was shot down in the senate this afternoon. a stunning defeat and one that defies public opinion. now, senator fine he stein's plea from the senate floor. >> yes. the gun bill is dead. background checks failed to get needed votes today, so did senator feinstein's amendment. but in her effort she took to the senate floor with a story of a san francisco police officer who is murdered in the line of duty. >> senator feinstein told her fellow senators what happened nine years ago. >> as officer's approaches the
information about the man the feds say sent letters that were poisoned to president obama and a u.s. senator from mississippi. his name is paul curtis. he has been known to local law enforcement, for what we don't know. and he would sometimes work as an elvis impersonator. the letters that contained a white powder said, quote, no one wanted to listen to me before. what does that mean? so far, nobody is saying. preliminary tests say the white powder is the poison radio ricin. >>> the president didn't mince words today. he called it a shameful day for washington. >> there were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. it came down to politics. the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections and so they caved to the pressure. and they started looking for an excuse, any excuse for vote no. >> the measure had 54 yes votes but it needed 60 to beat a republican filibuster. five democrats also opposed the plan. both california senators voted in favor. >>> coming up, we'll continue our coverage of the latest on that huge explosion in texas that l
laced with poison sent to president obama and senator roger wicker was indeed ricin. authorities are now saying it was a low grade, not necessarily but denies. in other words, it would not be fatal. it doesn't mean that it is any less dangerous. is potentially for those who come into direct contact with the. but the authorities are now saying it was a low great variety, still a threat. it would get the latest from peter barnes on that in just a second. in the meantime, this weapon in boston, as you know, they're looking at two potential suspects. but what is not suspect right now is the type of weapon used. crude but effective. one, the former marine lieutenant colonel says it could become the weapon of choice for terrorists in this country, whether they are terrorists from this country are not. explain what you mean by that and whether they have, in fact, come to our sure. >> well, the term ieds is relatively new, but the whole concept of what -- we use the term booby trap, really the same thing we have with ieds. certainly timothy mcveigh, the unabomber, those are names that come to mi
, and on the possibly ricin-loaded envelope sent to government officials, including president obama. there was also the vote on new gun regulations today, an extraordinary vote today in the gnat and an extra extraordinary response from the president of the united states. if you have not yet heard how the president reacted to that vote today in the senate, you will want to stay tuned. ♪ [ male announcer ] how do you engineer a true automotive breakthrough? ♪ you give it bold styling, unsurpassed luxury and nearly 1,000 improvements. the redesigned 2013 glk. the next great advance from mercedes-benz. starting at $37,090. the battle of bataan, 1942. [ all ] fort benning, georgia, in 1999. [ male announcer ] usaa auto insurance is often handed down from generation to generation because it offers a superior level of protection and because usaa's commitment to serve the military, veterans, and their families is without equal. begin your legacy. get an auto-insurance quote. usaa. we know what it means to serve. >>> on last night's show we reported on a letter sent to republican senator roger wicker. i
out definitively today if letters sent to president obama and senator roger wicker contain the poison ricin. mississippi police have arrested 45-year-old paul kevin curtis at his home. the fbi says curtis sent three letters, all of which preliminarily tested positive for ricin, and included a final line that red, "i am kc, and i approve this message." 'one size fits all'. it doesn't. that's crazy. we're all totally different. ishares core. etf building blocks for your personalized portfolio. find out why 9 out of 10 large professional investors choose ishares for their etfs. ishares by blackrock. call 1-800-ishares for a prospectus, which includes investment objectives, risks, charges and expenses. read and consider it carefully before investing. risk includes possible loss of principal. accomplishing even little things can become major victories. i'm phil mickelson, pro golfer. when i was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, my rheumatologist prescribed enbrel for my pain and stiffness, and to help stop joint damage. [ male announcer ] enbrel may lower your ability to fight infections
in connection with the poison letters sent to president obama and mississippi senator roger wicker. john roberts is live for us right now in oxford, mississippi, with the latest for us. good morning, john. >> reporter: good morning to you, patti ann. quite a story to tell, according to people i talked to who know kevin curtis, the man who was arrested yesterday afternoon in hose home in corinth, mississippi, on the border with tennessee, this guy had a lot going on. he was a part-time musician, an elvis impersonator weaving strong conspiracy theories about trafficking in body parts by one of the biggest medical institutions in mississippi. a while ago i got off with an attorney who used to represent him he clearly, according to this attorney that kevin curtis has some serious mental issues. he was doing contract cleaning work for north mississippi medical center. he claims one day he happened to cross arefrigerator looking for a drink of water that was full of body parts. when he tried to tell people about it, he was fired by the medical institution, banned from its campus. he then tried to tell
letters sent to a senator, roger wicker from mississippi, and president obama. >>> plus, we're awaiting a news conference out of texas on the murders of a district attorney, his wife, and another prosecutor that could be a major development in the case. that's all coming up right" next. lower cholesterol? and it tastes good? sure does! wow. it's the honey, it makes it taste so... well, would you look at the time... what's the rush? be happy. be healthy. >>> welcome back to cnn's continuing coverage of the boston terrorist attacks and, of course, the explosions in texas. i'm jake tapper along with erin burnett. quick update on other news developing at this hour. first, the suspicious letters sent to president obama and senator roger wicker of mississippi. lab results are due any moment to confirm whether or not they were contaminated with the deadly poison ricin. initial tests showed that they were. police believe they have the man who sent the letters in custody. they charged paul kevin curtis with threats against the president a short time ago. curtis was arrested at his home in missis
. >>> developing news, investigators have arrested a mississippi man in the case of tainted letters sent to president obama and a u.s. senator. police say that both letters tested positive for the deadly poison ricin. they were signed, i am kc, and i approve this message. they have been traced to a man near tupelo, mississippi. the letters were intercepted yesterday before they could reach their intended targets. >>> there was a measure that failed for more strict background checks for gun control. it was opposed by the national rifle association. the president blasted congress for killing the bill calling it a shameful day for washington. >> there were no coherent arguments as to why we wouldn't do this. it came down to politics. the worry that that vocal minority of gun owners would come after them in future elections. and so they caved to the pressure. and they started looking for an excuse, any excuse, to vote no. >> the president pinned the blame on a small minority of republican senators. however, five democrats also opposed the plan. >>> the wife of a former texas justice of the p
to the hos 120 of them have been sent home to continue recovery. >>ere a michelle obama visiting1-year-old aaron hern. his family e mailed thus photo. he was waiting at the finish line to watch his mother cross it when he was severely injured in monday's bombings. his mom tells us her son is dramatically improving. he suffered a deep thigh wound and other injuries. he's now breathing on his own and neck brace and breathing tube have been removed. she says they're looking forward to getting him into therapy. several local fund-raisers are taking place for the family in martinez swrechl a full list on our web site. >> and one way to show your support is to share this get well soon badge on your facebook page by going to our page. >> adidas selling these tee shirts to honor the vips. both have boston stands as one written on them. all proceed goes to the one fund a boston charity created by the mayor and governor to help victims of monday's attack. >> now latest developments out of texas. usa today is reporting the mayor of west texas told them as many as 35 people died from that massive
containing a white granular substance were sent to mississippi senator roger wicker and to president obama. two rounds of preliminary tests suggest the letters contain ricin, a poison than originates in castor beans. however, definitive tests on the letters are still being conducted. white house spokesman jay carney said the president was never in danger. >> materials that are suspicious or substances that are found to be suspicious at remote locations are then sent for secondary and more intense testing, and that process is under way now. >> reporter: the f.b.i., after reviewing the letters, says for now there is no indication of a connection to the attack in boston. the letters were mailed from memphis, tennessee, last week on april 8 and seemed to have come from one individual who wrote this: >> reporter: because the other reason that the f.b.i. sees no connection to boston is a matter of timing. kenneth curtis of tupelo, mississippi, has been taken into custody and charged with sending the letters. the f.b.i. believes curtis has sent over letters with similar content to other members o
for the mailings of the three letters sent through the u.s. postal inspection service which contained a granular substance that preliminarily tested positive for ricin. the letters were addressed to president obama, senator rodger wicker and a judge in that state. they are likely sent from a writer who is a frequent writer to federal officials. two letters were quite similar. both letters determined to be similar based on targets, post marks and et cetera. both are postmarked out of memphis, tennessee on april 8, 2013. both letters signed, quote, i am k. c. and i approve this message." at the white house here is jay carney's take. >> there was a letter. the off-site facility feeted a suspicious substance and a test was undertaken. the fbi has the lead this that investigation. >> with lawmakers and law enforcement on edge, multiple senate offices had reports of suspicious mail today, including this phoenix, senator jeff flake from arizona. >> there was no harmful substance on the letter, but the letter with ricin was sent from tennessee to senator wicker. this letter came from tennessee with no r
of mississippi. he sent the letters to president obama and mississippi senator roger wicker. they were intercepted at a mail processing facility after tests indicated the presence of the deadly poison. the letters are undergoing additional testing. >> north korea threatening "sledgehammer blows" to the u.s. and south korea unless a list of demands are met. it will only sit down to talk if u.n. sanctions lifted. and the u.s. must stop military drills in south korea and apologize. south korea calls the demands preposterous. back to you, john, in boston. >> thank you, christine that is all for "starting point." stay with cnn for continuing coverage of all today's events, fertilizer plant explosion in west texas, of course. the latest from there, and stay with us for special live coverage of the interfaith prayer service in boston. that begins at 11:00 a.m. eastern time. "newsroom" continues with special coverage right now. omer? describe the first time you met. you brought the flex in... as soon as i met fiona and i was describing the problem we were having with our rear brakes, she immed
about a security scare involving the poisonous substance risen that might have been sent to president obama and a senator. a father of four has been arrested. pierre thomas is here with the latest. pierre? >> reporter: good morning. a suspect identified as paul kevin curtis was arrested at his home in mississippi. the fbi says he's the man who tried to send two potentially poisonous letters to president obama and mississippi senator roger wicker. we're waiting final test results on whether the letters actually contained risen, a deadly poison made from beans. he describes himself on his facebook page as a karate enthusiast and elvis impersonator. he's facing serious charges. >>> during a public relations nightmare for months carnival cruise lines is spending $30 million ang improvements, an extra generator and upgrading fire safety systems. it follows a debacle in february when thousands of passengers were stranded in the gulf of mexico with no working bathrooms. finally, a high school baseball team beat an opponent 65-0. in a game that was called after three innings. >> no! >> yes. t
. his name is paul kevin kurt tis, and the feds say he sent a letter with the his sign to president obama and another letter to the republican senator from mississippi, roger wicker. the mail set off alarms at a screening facility. never came close to the white house or capitol hill. but a season source is telling fox news the substance in the letters is absolutely, unequivocally, ricin. police and neighbors describing the guy as a paranoid loner who thought the government was out to get him, trying to ruin his reputation. as for the body part conspiracy there was word he was deeply disturbed from his time working in a hospital. both letters saying, quote to see a wrong and not disclose is it is to become a partner to its continuance. it ended, i am kc and i approve this message. john roberts is live in mississippi. what can we say about this now today, john? >> we're learning all kinds of things about this fella and the possibility as well learned in court, overhearing conversation between the u.s. attorney and the judge there may be -- not confirmed -- a fourth letter out there so
to say i would never be involved in that. according to the charging documents. he sent three letters laced with riciner. one to president obama and senatoric wicker . the judge. >> it was handled by the judge and several deputy curts and employees of the court. >> in fact her son said the judge opened it and raised it to the noise and sniffed the powder. she is doing fine. she refuse to go to the doctor. what drove kevin curtis to carry out the attacks. he is an musician and elvis impersonator who senator wicker hire him for a couple about to get married. he d contract janitorial work. for years he tried to convince people of the conspiracy sending letters. the medical center banned him for the property. curtis began to unravele. on his facebook page. i am on the hidden front hines of a secret war and my brothers fear me and sister hate me and they burned down my home and killed my dogs and, my cat and my rabbit. in an on line claimm. curtis writes everything that is happening since 2000 is because i found dismembered body parts and being terminated from the largest employer in the s
are not. agassi will find out at 5:00. possibly. also, the letters sent to u.s. senator roger wicker and president obama containing boys in, the fbi does say that those letters did contain an deadly substance. officials said emplaced paul kagan curtis under arrest doing district court today. maximum penalty for this one, said the justice department, 15 years, a half million dollar fine if convicted. back to you. liz: you want to let our viewers know that when that fbi briefing does happen at the top of the 5:00 p.m. eastern hour, we will take it live. don't worry. the second they get to the podium if it does happen, remember, a couple of canceled. we will have that for you. this is an important story of great interest. we understand and will have it. closing bell ringing in about 51 minutes the. a fox business exclusive. big technology company if the stock is up 21% just since the start of this year. providing memory chips for hundreds of products. remember, you may have had a memory card in your camera. this is a quarter to remember that because of that product, but because of a tot
traces of ricin poison have been sent to washington one mailed tout president obama and others to some snores. the letters were intercepted. since september 11th all mail going into elected officials in washington, d.c. is screened. we know identities of three people killed in the bombing. they are 8-year-old martin richard a third grader from dorchester. 29-year-old crystal campbell a restaurant manager from medford, massachusetts. and lingzi lu. 13 other people have had limbs amputated and a number of the casualties remain in serious condition. now, please keep all that have in mind while digesting the following. some media people are exploiting the terrorist attacks. others speculating in an irresponsible way. there are some examples. >> the real patriots' day is april 19th. the date that counts for people on the right in the united states. as it happens massachusetts celebrates patriot day on the third monday of every other month. >> let me ask you about domestic terrorism. they tend to be on the far right. do they advertise it? do they try to get credit as a group? hate america so
sent to president obama tested positive for ricin in a preliminary check yesterday and then another letter with the same deadly poison had been sent to a u.s. senator. >> did you hear he was an elvis impersonator? >> this guy? >> yes. >> i heard that. >> letters sent from right where graceland was. >> that doesn't narrow it down. did you know i was accosted in times square. >> but an elvis impersonator? >> yes, yes. >> yesterday? >> no. but after the elmo -- i've been accosted by elmo. >> but they show how many different freaks there are down there. i didn't put two and two together. this was two months ago or something. right to my right, i turned and there was this guy on full on elvis regale ya. i started it, i guess. i made some comment that there's so little in your life that -- >> and then what happened? >> he said something back to me about you have so little -- it was a pretty good comeback. hehe was not just a nice elvis impersonator. he was someone there that was object northboundus and was there to earn a living and had been used to insults and stuff like that. >> if you
capacity ammunition clips. >> new details on the ricin letter sent to president obama. as an official says the lab tests confirmed the letter's into mississippi senator roger wicker did contain the deadly substance rycin . and that more tests are expected. meantime, an arrest is made in the case. federal agents arrested 45 year-old paul kevin curtis of mississippi. he is now being charged with threatening the life of the president. the senators' letter, along with the president's letter, were both postmarked memphis, tenn. april 8th. but were intercepted at screening facilities. >> a federal appeals court in san francisco is debating the legality of the state to ban on use their be based on their sexual orientation. yesterday's, a three judge panel questioned lawyers on both sides of the issue. if they ask whether the license mental-health professionals to offer sexual orientation there be all protected by free-speech rights. the judges also asked whether the medical treatment can be regulated by the government. the bay and being put on hold until the appeals court decides the case. >> san
letters, one sent to senator wicker the other to president obama, each containing the same writing, each tainted with the deadly toxin ricin, both being tested in the army's biowarfare lab in ft. dietrich. john, what are you hearing? >> the justice department confirming an arrest of an individual in this investigation. so far, no charges filed to our knowledge. justice department has listed no charges as yet. pending testing of the substance in the envelopes. the justice department says curtis is believed responsible for mailing three letters that preliminarily tested positive for ricin. the letters were addressed to roger wicker as well as the white house, and a mississippi justice official. that mississippi official has been identified by a family member. and the clairian ledgee it's not clear why that judge was targeted. all three letters contained threatening messages, to the white house and senator wicker were identical. they said, to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance. inside i am k.c. and i approve this message. the other message contain
the letters sent to president obama and the republican senator, roger wicker of mississippi, those letters are suspected to have been tainted, to have been laced with the poison ricin. it can kill. you ricin. the fbi has arrested a man in mississippi in connection with this case. his name, paul kevin curtis, and he also is an elvis presley impersonator of all things. officials across the nation are looking for more suspicious letters even as we speak right now. chris cuomo watching all of this. just outside the cathedral of the holy cross, where the interfaith memorial service will take place, chris. >> all right, thanks, wolf. people lined up since 4:00 in the morning. the name of the service is called healing our city. clear gee from all over boston. political dignitaries here, archbishop sean cardinal o'malley will be here, and the guest of honor, president obama and the first lady. the life of the dead is put into the hearts of the living. this allows people to come together, share in their grief. i'm joined by jessica yellin and john king. this is a message that will have big importan
sent, one to senator roger wicker and one to president obama. both were intercepted. there is an arrest. paul kevin curtis according to the justice department. he was supposed to be in district court. he could face up to half a million dollars in fines, 15 years in prison if he is convicted. we're waiting for the latest fbi update. that comes 5:00 and we'll have it live. back to you. david: should have stuck to his elvis impersonations. thank you very much, rich. liz: thanks, rich. david: our next guest says the spring swoon hit the markets but there is a way to protect your portfolio from further losses. he will tell you how to do that yet. liz: six companies making their stock market debuts. three companies are pricing lower than expected. is this the start of a rougher second half of the year for ipos or will which see a comeback? we love to hear from you. you remember we talked about google glasses. google begins shipping them, google glass, this week. $1500 a pair. david: chief at half the price. >> such a deal. log on to faceboo facebook.com/afterthebell. let us know if you think
. . >>> updating breaking news, an arrest in the ricin case. recapping two letters. one sent to u.s. senator roger wicker, the other to president obama, each containing the same writing, the same cryptic phrase each tainted with ricin. both being tested in the army's bio warfare research lab at ft. diedrich in maryland. joe johns joining us and dana bash joining us, as well. dana, you've been talking to your sources, getting more information on how all this went down. what have you learned? >> i've learned from a law enforcement official here that they have been actually tracking the man who was arrested for some time, because he had been sending letters to senator wicker, this is not the first time. it had been going on for a while. so i'm told they gave the information that they had -- that they collected. they collected a record on this individual to the fbi, and the fbi was able then to go down to tupelo, mississippi to make this arrest of this individual today. and, again, this is -- this man was arrested in the case of sending what they still believe to be at least initial positive tests of
you. >> reporter: two letters, one to president obama, another two roger wicker, showed initial positive results in field tests. the letters never reached the white house or capital. >> the mail sent here is screened and the tests are taken at remote sites to mitigate the risks. >> the first was stopped then miles from its target to capitol hill. the second letter to the white house was intercepted six and a half miles away on a military base on the outskirts of d.c. a third post office sorting facility suffered possible contamination to its filtering system from an unknown source, ten miles from downtown washington. protections including air sensors at screening centers, set up after the anthrax attack in 2001, that killed five americans and injured 17 others, it happened just after 9/11. today's apparent attempt, so close to another incident of domestic terror is an eerie reminder of those frightening days. >> the letters to the problem and the senator were both signed with the initials k.c. which matches the name of the man arrested in tupelo, mississippi. diane? >>> and now
. >>gretchen: we have another breaking story. an arrest has been made in the poisonous letter sent to the president and capitol hill. authorities say a mississippi man, paul kevin curtis, mailed three letters containing ricin to president obama, republican senator roger wicker and a mississippi official. curtis was arrested at his home in mississippi. fortunately both letters sent to the president and senator wicker were intercepted before they ever reached anyone. that case, at least there's been progress made with regard to what happened there in washington. >>steve: back to our top news story on this thursday morning, and it is a fox news alert, we continue to keep a close watch on the explosion in texas. casey steagall is standing by. how many people do we know confirmed dead? how many hurt? we understand that whole region around the plant, this looks like a nuke went off. >> it looks a little bit more like a war zone. in fact, a representative with the texas department of public safety came out of there earlier and said it really looked like something you would see perhaps on
packages and letters have been cleared. there are reports of suspicious letters being sent to a number of senate state offices. some of those have an about cleared. others are under investigation right now. also looking forward to tomorrow when president obama heads to boston for a memorial service. back to you. melissa: that's a lot. rich edson, thanks so much for that update. so as you know the boston marathon bombing sending shockwaves throughout our nation. we are still reeling from the death and destruction. joining me, kevin miles, a former fbi bomb technician and mike sullivan, former u.s. attorney in boston there during 9/11. paul staple ton, president of the stapleton group. kevin, let me start with you. rich put together all the events of the day. do you think there is connection between these letters that are potentially have ricin in them and what we saw on monday? >> probably not. melissa: really? >> we got a lot of these kind of letters in los angeles when i lived there, when i was part of the terrorism task force. they come a lot to congressman and senators and most of t
with first responders and those who were injured. president obama also the target of the ricin mailing. remember the fbi needed a day or two to confirm if the letters sent word ricin they certainly absolutely filled with ricin. they never made it to capitol hill or the white house and intercepted but there is an arrest kevin curtis has been arrested with the mailing of the ricin letters to u.s. officials including president obama and the senate majority leader commented on that this morning. >> appears the suspect has been apprehended the cowardly anonymous attacks i hope he will be brought to justice very soon. we should all understand this is not appear to be related in any way to boston connell: one final note president obama has spoken with governor rick perry from texas to tell him the prayers are with the people of west, texas, as they respond to the explosion. a busy week. none of it is good. connell: rich edson from the white house. the talk about the jobless claims have been revised at 352,000. from stanford connected is the are bs economist. it has been a rough week for all o
'll tell you. also breaking news overnight that the fbi has made an arrest. they got the guy that sent those letters laced with ricin to senator roger wicker and to president obama. no connection to the boston bombings, just a nut case who sends a lot of letters to members of congress demanding to be heard. he put a little poison in. he thought that might help out. he'll spend a good deal of time behind bars. we'll see how he gets heard there. >> my favorite part of that story is the guy put his own real initials on the letter. >> bill: this is kc and i approve this message. and up in boston, no matter what you've been led to believe by cnn, no arrests have been made but there has been a lot of progress in the investigation. you wouldn't know that by watching cnn yesterday. they got -- they had to be out there. they had to get ahead of the story. they had to make things happen with breaking news! >> announcer: this is cnn's breaking news. >> wolf, we have information. an arrest has been made in the investigation. >> identified has now been arrested. >> i was told by a boston law enforc
for over five years. this includes president obama's entire first term. the committee raised this issue in a bipartisan letter sent to you in february. we would like to see an immediate appointment to this position. on north korea, you know my views on this, but the united , past administrations administrations, have tried to offer north korea aid. we have offered over a billion dollars, or sanctions relief, for nuclear commitments. administrations from both parties have been embarrassed when the regime tore up those agreements. former secretary of defense dates was fond of saying, i am tired of buying the same course twice. my concern is that the administration may be thinking of doing just that. i would just ask -- how is this different, this approach to north korea, from the past attempts to offer aid in exchange for a change in policy which never came? andreat questions, all, all deserve a straight answer, and i will give it to you. on the inspector general, you are correct. we are trying to fill a number of positions, that among them. the greatest difficulty i am finding, now that
sent three letters all of which preliminarily tested positive for the definitely poison ricin, produced from castor beans. one to president obama, another to mississippi republican senator roger wicker, and a third, local authorities said, to a mississippi justice official. >> there are great consistencies between the content, the letter itself, the way the letter was written, the postmark of the letter. >> reporter: the fbi says the letters to the president and senator were postmarked memphis, tennessee, ten days ago with identical language including the phrase, to see a wrong and not expose it is to become a silent partner to its continuance. signed iak.c., i am k.c., and i approve this message. those were never delivered. intercepted by a precaution put in place after the anthrax attacks that killed five people shortly after 9/11. and federal officials say more tests are needed, natalie, to determine if, in fact, that substance was ricin, and if so, how strong. the fib also says these see no connection between this ricin-tainted scare and what's happening in boston. >> peter alexande
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